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Steve Heaton BSc (Hons) MSc - Botanist

Steve Heaton is a postgraduate botanical ecologist whose skills encompass expert plant identification skills including the use of floral keys, plant ecology and taxonomy and systematics. Steve has extensive field survey experience including, NVC, Phase 1 (including extended and large Phase 1 mapping projects), Hedgerow, BAP habitat survey and survey for indicator or axiophyte species. Steve has experience of surveying many different habitats including woodland, grassland, upland heath, blanket bog, valley mire, wetland and aquatic habitats and his excellent plant identifications skills gives Steve confidence in surveying most habitats.

Steve also has experience of habitat management and writing management plans and reports. He has been a member of the BSBI for several years regularly attending field meetings and often goes out botanizing in his spare time. Steve is also a keen bryologist and enjoys learning this diverse group of plants.

In addition to field survey skills, Steve has several years experience of working as a plant scientist and consultant for a large international company, and have considerable experience of project management.

Personal favourite projects

Site Condition Monitoring (Habitats), Scottish Natural Heritage (May to September 2013)

Steve led a small team undertaking Site Condition Monitoring on fifteen protected sites throughout Scotland including Glen Coe SAC/SSSI, Ben Lui SAC, Rannoch Moor SAC, Rum SAC, Inverasdale Peatlands and a range of sites with fen, marsh and swamp in south Scotland. Habitats assessed included blanket bog, wet heath, calaminarian grassland, base-rich and alpine flushes, tall herb-fen and alpine heath. Surveys were undertaken within the specified season and reporting was completed in SNH format.

Open Habitat Survey - Forest Enterprise Scotland (From September 2013)

This is an on going survey of open land habitat managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland. The survey is a method of recording UK BAP priority habitats. The survey involves recording the area of all BAP priority habitats and vegetation communities present within them using the National Vegetation Classification (NVC), rare and scarce plants and invasive non-native species.

Steve particularly likes this project because it is a method of large scale survey producing detailed targeted results, which can be used to give effective management and highlight areas of potential habitat restoration, plus you never know what interesting plants you are going to find.